You Can No Longer Earn KrisFlyer Elite Miles on Virgin Atlantic flights between the Americas and Europe

Singapore Airlines announced yesterday that you’ll no longer be able to Earn KrisFlyer Elite Miles on Virgin Atlantic flights between Europe and the Americas.

Earn KrisFlyer Elite Miles on Virgin AtlanticThis change has come about because of the sale of the Singapore Airlines stake in Virgin Atlantic to Delta and then the following Joint Venture between Delta and Virgin on transatlantic flights.

This change comes into effect on the 1st July 2016 so may affect your flights if you already have them booked and are flying beyond the 1st July.  The change affects flights to the Americas but I haven’t been able to find whether this means just the US or the US + Mexico + Caribbean – if you know please leave a comment.

Remember the difference between Elite Miles and KrisFlyer Miles is that Elite Miles count towards your status levels e.g. Silver/Gold and the other miles do not.

Where You Can Still Earn KrisFlyer Elite Miles on Virgin Atlantic

You’ll be able to earn Elite Miles on flights between the UK, Africa, Middle East, and of course Asia.

For those based in Asia I doubt the impact will be felt but for those based in the UK in particular this may be a blow if they had status with Singapore Airlines and also flew with Virgin Atlantic on a regular basis.

I’m not surprised by this change but it’s good to see that you can still earn KrisFlyer elite miles on Virgin Atlantic flights from the Asia region and that even if you fly with them on flights to the Americas at least you’ll earn some base KrisFlyer miles.

This does not affect earning Elite Miles on Virgin America or Virgin Australia, they haven’t released any further details other than the email shot yesterday (at the time of writing), but you can always find out more about earning with flights on partners here:

Earning Elite and KrisFlyer Miles on Other Airlines Partners

What do you think of this change, no effect or big change?